Having commenced legal agtion for defamation against Trevor Mallard, Andrew Little and Radio New Zealand, it seems that ACC Minister Judith Collins has a new challenge today; sorting out ACC. Phil Kitchin reports in the Dom-Post:
A recording of a critical meeting between senior ACC managers and the whistleblower who exposed a massive privacy breach reveals the corporation misled its minister and the public.The corporation has alleged that client Bronwyn Pullar threatened at the meeting to go to the media unless she was given a guaranteed two-year benefit.It also alleged she said that she would withhold details of the breach involving private details of 6500 other clients – including sexual abuse victims – if her demands were not met.Once details of the privacy breach were revealed by The Dominion Post, the ACC referred its extortion allegations against Ms Pullar to police.However, a recording of a key meeting in December between Ms Pullar, her support person Michelle Boag – a senior National Party figure – and two ACC managers is at odds with the corporation's claims that were included in a report ordered by ACC Minister Judith Collins.The ACC was given a transcript of the meeting more than three weeks ago, but has refused to correct its report.Ms Pullar said it was outrageous that, having been provided with the recording, the corporation was refusing to correct a "blatant lie" on a public report.Before publishing the report, the corporation did not ask Ms Pullar or former National Party president Ms Boag for their account of what was said at the meeting. ACC also complained to police about the alleged extortion threat before completing its report.
This muddies the waters further in the whole Bronwyn Pullar/Michelle Boag saga. But if the suggestions that ACC purposefully misled Judith Collins are true, it is something quite extraordinary.